- the complex of feelings, motives, etc. conceived of by an actor as underlying the actual words and actions of the character being portrayed
- an underlying meaning, theme, etc.
Subtext is defined as the feelings or motives which are the understood meaning of a written work, or the primary personality of a character in a written work or performance.
An example of subtext is understanding that a character is very angry when asked if they're okay and they say "I'm fine" with an annoyed tone to their voice.
- An implicit meaning or theme of a literary text.
- The underlying personality of a dramatic character as implied or indicated by a script or text and interpreted by an actor in performance.
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- Again, the subtext of betrayal gives a deeply poignant edge to this teaching.
- I love finding the subtext in the words, and putting emphasis on them, with either color, change in the style of the calligraphy word, capitalization, or placement.
- Your voice is carrying everything, emotion, arch, and subtext.